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Ex-bosses to go on trial over Fukushima disaster


The tsunami-sparked reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant that set off the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. - AFP/file

The tsunami-sparked reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant that set off the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. - AFP/file

Tokyo (AFP) - Three former executives at Fukushima's operator stand trial this week on the only criminal charges laid in the 2011 disaster, as thousands remain unable to return to homes near the shuttered nuclear plant.

The hearing on Friday comes more than a year after ex-Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 77, and former vice presidents Sakae Muto, 66, and Ichiro Takekuro, 71, were formally charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury.

   

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